Exiled from her people, the Om'ray, for her use of her forbidden talent, the ability to manipulate the mysterious force known as the M'hir, Aryl Sarc leads a small band of followers, including a human ambassador from the Trade Pact worlds, to find temporary safety with the Grona Clan. But realizing they cannot stay, the group sets out for a new home and discovers the mysterious ruined village of Sona that may not be abandoned after all. The author of "The Trade Pact Universe" series (A Thousand Words for Stranger; Ties of Power; To Trade the Stars ) continues her linked "Stratification" series (Reap the Wild Wind ) with a tale of persistence in exile. Aryl and her companions make up a courageous and varied band of heroes, each with his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Libraries possessing other series titles as well as those where the author has a following should add this to their sf collections.
Riders of the Storm (Stratification Series #2)by Julie E. Czerneda
On the distant world of Cersi, Om?ray Aryl Sarc and her supporters have been exiled from the rest of their people. Finding refuge in the mountains, they work to rebuild the ruined village of Sona, even as they try to discover what happened to/b>/i>/i>
The next chapter in the Stratification saga that ?delivers all the right elements.?(Sci Fi Weekly)
On the distant world of Cersi, Om?ray Aryl Sarc and her supporters have been exiled from the rest of their people. Finding refuge in the mountains, they work to rebuild the ruined village of Sona, even as they try to discover what happened to the original Sona Clan. But Sona has a history among all three of Cersi's races?a history that may soon threaten the future of Aryl's newly founded clan....
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Julie E. Czerneda is a biologist and writer whose science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is the author of the popular "Species Imperative" trilogy, the "Web Shifters" series, the "Trade Pact Universe" trilogy and her new "Stratification" novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do. You can find her at www.czerneda.com.
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I really enjoy finding good science fiction by female authors. I discovered Julie E. Czerneda a few years ago and have since read all her books. I have never been disappointed. Her latest paperback is "Riders of the Storm." Like the first three volumes of Star Wars which appeared after volumes 4-6, the Stratification Series is a prequel to her Trade Pact Series featuring the Clan. Czerneda's books are driven by interesting characters in troubling situations, with realistic reactions and interactions. They are like us and yet not, for her most human characters always have something which sets them apart. And her aliens are always unique, sometimes in entertaining, even humorous ways, sometimes in thought-provoking, sometimes beings you would not want to find in a dark alley and sometimes beings you might just want at your side or guarding your back.
On the planet Cersi lives three very distinct sentient species. The Oud reside under the earth tunneling to where they want to go and have the ability to restore clan lands the impoverish Om¿ray can pass as human and have psi power so that all in a clan are interconnected finally the Tikitik are by far the most feral. All three species adhere to the Agreement, which demands they keep their society stagnant and stay inside their assigned areas except during the Passage if they are to have peace. Aryl the Om¿ray is a person with tremendous power, but was exiled by her Yena clan for developing a new talent that upset the delicate balance and broke the Agreement and almost the clan. --------------------- Her followers left with her hoping she would start a new clan. They travel to the mountains and settle in the place where the ruins of the village of Sona are. Aryl¿s people want to settle here and begin a new clan with her as their leader. While people are forced to come to Sona by the Oud leaders, Enris Mendolar of Tuana clan learns of a new clan in the wilds of the mountains. However when he finds them he learns they discourage visitors and he barely escapes with his life. He is the man Aryl wants, but first she must set guidelines for her new clan so that everyone is treated better and know how to live free of the rule makers.---------------- Julie E. Czerneda is a first class world builder as she creates the earlier years on Cersi with characters from three differing species and diverse cultures living in peaceful coexistence when the Trade Pact humans arrive. RIDERS OF THE STORM is filled with plenty of action and deep characterizations so that the audience will feel the author is a tour guide showing off a real world with genuine races and cultures. However, the bottom line in the Stratification ¿pre¿ saga remains Aryl who was coming of age in REAP THE WILD WIND when she shook the foundation of the Agreement, but now is coming of power as she tries to do the right thing for her people.---------- Harriet Klausner